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  •  My hunch. Not. (5+ / 0-)

    It would be like fish in a lake in Madagascar being able to breed with fish that were bio-engineered in a lab.

    Too far removed for a connection.

    Then again, I am no expert

    "We drink liberally, they prefer a weak tea ..." quoted from ZappoDave

    by MinistryOfTruth on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 01:23:17 PM PDT

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    •  If they pop into one of those lakes under (2+ / 0-)
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      deedogg, MinistryOfTruth

      antartica it maybe a close situation. If there is life there it has been seperated for a very long time.

      •  Not a close analogy (1+ / 0-)
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        because Antartica has not been frozen since before life started on our planet; but Earth and Mars have always been separate.

        Despite the talk of cosmic hitchhikers on impact debris, I suspect that life on Mars, if any and when found, will show an independent origin and different gene-carrying chemicals playing a comparable role to DNA.

        This is not a sig-line.

        by Joffan on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 06:16:09 PM PDT

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    •  that's assuming bisexual reproduction. (1+ / 0-)
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      assimilation of foreign DNA is also possible. spore reproduction has a lot of possibilities.

      Of course, the first alternative is a lot more fun, but we are hotwired for that.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 01:40:43 PM PDT

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      •  According to issue #4 (2+ / 0-)
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        of the Flaming Carrot Comics, which covered the weekend invasion of the Red Dykes from Mars, Alien Communist Lesbians out to ruin life on earth, it may be more than just bisexual reproduction.

        Sadly we will never know, after the Flaming Carrot defeated them over the weekend, he then went bowling with Uncle Al on Weds, and we never heard anything more about alien life.

        The casket is empty, Abandon ye all hope, They ran off with the money, And left us with the rope

        by Jeffersonian Democrat on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 01:56:04 PM PDT

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    •  Close enough to gene-splice in a lab (1+ / 0-)
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      with terrestrial microbes? Microbes also exchange DNA on a regular basis in ways that more complex organisms - such as mammals - do not. For example, the idea that Vulcan and humans can produce fertile offspring (Mr. Spock) is very highly implausible,

      But let's back up a minute -- I am persuaded to a very high degree of certainty that IF there is living life on mars, it is of the microbial variety. There simply is no mega-flora or mega-fauna on Mars. Period.

      BUT! Could Marsian microbes exchange DNA with terrestrial microbes?

      And! What about intellectual property rights?

      "Seeing our planet as a whole, enables one to see our planet as a whole" - Tad Daley

      by Bill White on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 01:42:28 PM PDT

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